Change is all around in the Kingdom, and you don't have to watch the news to feel it. I'm currently not in an ideal position to give my opinion on various matters, but it's been interesting to say the least.
At some point earlier this week, we were thinking about our exit strategies should anything disasterous happen. It was hilarious - mine included taking the back roads through the mountains of Badr towards Tabuk, and then swimming over the Red Sea to Cairo.... like seriously, it would be easier for me to just go to Dubai haha!
I don't think it will come to that. But I also don't think that whatever is going on is over... there's more to come ladies and gentleman. For all the media's cynisicm and the people's skepticism - I will say this (and it may surprise most people):
Judging from my experiences over the past 4 years, and bar the foreign policies and politics, this new Prince is exactly what this place needs. I recently watched a news clip about how no one believes any change will come to KSA...well, let me be the first to tell you. The KSA that existed when I landed here the first time, and the one that continues to live and breathe today are very different species.
There has been so much change over the last few years that it's difficult to keep up. Every week, every month, there are new rules / regulations / procedures / laws. Everytime I leave for a mini vacation and return, I come back to a new place. So let there be no doubt, the Crown Prince is driving change, and driving it hard. And only the people who remain here will live to tell the tale.
For my own safety, I will elaborate at a later time. But for now, all the changes within the kingdom are - in my opinion - completely necessary. I can see how and why certain decisions were taken and I don't see how it could have been done differently.
It's a dawn of a new era. I'm only hoping for the people's sake that this transition is successful and that they can emerge from it stronger and more progressive than before.